The Green Mile

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 346 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 346

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  1. PatC.
    Jan 8, 2004
    6
    Would have been a great film, but it was the audience who was locked up and the key thrown away.
  2. m.grunder
    Jun 24, 2005
    6
    If this is a movie that is supposed to , in part, extoll the values of racial equality, then why do i find "The Green Mile" so offensive? I have many questions I would like to ask the director: 1. Isn't it equally demeaning to portray a black man as being childish, simplistic and unreallistically naive? Doesn't such a portrayal imply to some extent white superiority? John Coffey If this is a movie that is supposed to , in part, extoll the values of racial equality, then why do i find "The Green Mile" so offensive? I have many questions I would like to ask the director: 1. Isn't it equally demeaning to portray a black man as being childish, simplistic and unreallistically naive? Doesn't such a portrayal imply to some extent white superiority? John Coffey somehow reminds me quite strongly of the black characters from movies of the 1940s. The loyal servant who is honest, yet simplistic at heart, and can't obviously speak in complete sentences. It would have been better if they instilled the only black character in this film with more intelligence and dignity. 2. The punishment of Percy, the "bad guard" in the film is unrealistic. Yes, Percy deserves to be punished, but punishment should be doled out according to procedure. The way things turn out for Percy, it's as if the film endorses taking justice into ones own hands. It seems to say, "Unlawful, unethical payback is perfectly fine, as long as the recipient deserves it. " I wanted to give this film a higher rating on account of it's nostalgic appeal, but the excess american style mysticism and hollywood cheese prevented me from doing so. Expand
  3. ErwinK.
    Mar 6, 2005
    4
    This movie goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on for three torterous hours. While it isn't terrible, it is so damn slow and ponderous that it looks like it hasn't even been edited at all. It has some nice performances in it.... expecially the convicts, although what is it with these sensitive new age guards? You'd think that they were hari This movie goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on for three torterous hours. While it isn't terrible, it is so damn slow and ponderous that it looks like it hasn't even been edited at all. It has some nice performances in it.... expecially the convicts, although what is it with these sensitive new age guards? You'd think that they were hari krishnas. The ending is like 'yeah whatever'.... I didn't want to wade through three hours to get to such a pasty ending. Shawshank left me with tears in my eyes - but this just made me groan. Too cute, too long... just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.... Expand
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    65
    This jailhouse jam is quite a haul.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    There's almost too much there, but the three-hour-plus film permits the kind of detailing that not only brings the storytelling to life, but sometimes persuades us we're breathing to its rhythms.
  3. Its view of spiritual healing is closer to Spielberg fantasy than religious insight. Still, its good acting and good intentions will be enough to please many viewers.